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Although I trained as an economist, I was convinced from very early in my association with that discipline that its concentration on equilibrium states (including transient equilibrium states in dynamic models) is unlikely ever to be useful. I also concluded that the representation of agents by constrained optimization algorithms implied that agents always have sufficient computational and information processing capacity to calculate their optimal behaviour on the basis of available information. I was much more taken with bounded rationality as a condition in which agents' computaitonal and information processing capacities are limited in relation to available information. This led me to adopt techniques from artificial intelligence as an appropriate (or, as my colleague Bruce Edmonds has it, credible) basis for representations of agents. Of course, economists are not interested in credible representations of agents and, so, I have had to conclude that my work is not what the economics profession would call economics

Currently, I am working with a very bright, young, multi-disciplinary team which is developing a programming architechture and language called SDML to model multi-agent interaction in complex institutional and technological environments. SDML is being used to simulating strategic decision-making processes, develop artificially intelligent modelling methods, model complex markets, extend such areas of soft management theory as soft systems methodology, the literature on core competencies and the whole area of the resource-based view of the organization to include more formal and computational elements.

I am presently co-coordinator with Rosaria Conte of ABSS, the Agent Based Social Simulation special interest group of AgentLink, the Esprit Network fo Excellence for Multi-Agent Systems and joint editor of a special issue of Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory on representations of cognition.

My leisure time is taken up largely by sailing the 10m steel cutter-rigged ocean-going boat Conachair which I share with my wife, Linda.  We have taken her as far north as the Outer Hebrides and as far south as the Atlantic coast of Spain near the Portuguese border.  I am a past Commodore of the Manchester Cruising Association.

Current and Recent Projects:

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Moss, Scott (1998), "Critical Incident Management: An Empirically Derived Computational Model" Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 1, (4), <>

Moss, Scott ,  Helen Gaylard, Steve Wallis and Bruce Edmonds (1998), "SDML: A Multi-Agent Language for Organizational Modelling", Computational and MathematicalOrganization Theory 4, (1), 43-70.

Moss, Scott and Bruce Edmonds (1998), "Modelling Economic Learning as Modelling", Cybernetics and Systems  29, (3), 215-247.

Moss, Scott and Bruce Edmonds (1997), "A Formal Preference-State Model with Qualitative Market Judgements", Omega - the international journal of management science, 25, (2), .

Moss, Scott, Huw Dixon and Steven Wallis (1995), "Evaluating Competitive Strategies", International Journal of Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Fianance and Management, 4, (4), pp. 361-392.

Moss, Scott (1995), "Control Metaphors in the Modelling of Learning and Decision-Making Behaviour", Computational Economics 8, (4) 283-301.

Moss, Scott, Artis, M. and Ormerod, P. (1994), "A Smart Macroeconomic Forecasting System", The Journal of Forecasting 13, (3) 299-312.

Moss, Scott (1990), "Winter's Fundamental Selection Theorem: A Disproof", The Quarterly Journal of Economics pp.1071-4.

Moss, Scott, Equilibrium (1990), "Equilirium, Evolution and Learning", The Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, .

Moss, Scott (1986), Investment and Innovation over the Long Wave, Research Policy, pp. 211-8.

Moss, Scott (1984), The Theory of the Firm from Marshall to Robinson and Chamberlin, Economica .


Moss, Scott, and Rae, J., eds. Artificial Intelligence and Economic Analysis: Prospects and Problems Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 1993.

Moss, Scott, Markets and Macroeconomics Oxford: Basil Blackwell ,1984.

Moss, Scott, An Economic Theory of Business Strategy Oxford: Basil Blackwell,1980.

Contact Information




Tel: +44 61 247 3886 Fax: +44 61 247 6802
Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University, Aytoun Building, Aytoun Street, Manchester M1 3GH, United Kingdom.

Last updated 4th September, 1997